XAU/USD Forecast: Gold Prices Delay Ahead of US CPI
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GOLD ANALYSIS & TALKING POINTS
- US CPI in focus this week for Fed pricing.
- Central banks continue to add to their coffers due to economic uncertainty.
- Technical factors suggest more downside to come for gold.
XAU/USD FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP
Gold prices managed to stay buoyant this Monday after a significant drop towards the latter part of last week after US Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) surprised to the upside. This week will now shift squarely onto the US CPI report to corroborate this jobs data and could result in further gold weakness.
Implied Fed funds futures pricing below suggests roughly 72bps of rate cuts by year end with the US banking crisis playing a role in stoking the cautionary fire. From a bullion perspective, market hesitancy should play into the safe haven allure of gold with central banks already showing signs of increasing their gold reserves. That being said, with the first rate cut forecasted for September, I believe this to be untimely and may weigh on gold as markets reprice to the hawkish-side depending on US economic data.
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FEDERAL RESERVE INTEREST RATE PROBABILITIES
US real yields are pretty stagnant and reflect the anticipation around US inflation on Wednesday that should provide the fundamental catalyst need for short-term directional bias.
U.S. 10-YEAR TIPS – REAL INTEREST RATE
The economic calendar is relatively quiet today and should keep price volatility muted across financial markets.
Source: DailyFX economic calendar
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XAU/USD DAILY CHART
Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG
Daily XAU/USD price action contains two bearish components including a long upper wick on Thursday’s candle (last week) as well as bearish/negative divergence between gold prices and the Relative Strength Index (RSI). While weaker gold prices are underway, there could me more in store that may be supported by a break below the psychological $2000 handle. Mean reversion towards the 200-day MA (blue) is also on the cards as the differential between price and the MA is leaning towards extreme levels.
- 2050.00 – 2080.00
- 50-day MA (yellow)
IG CLIENT SENTIMENT: BULLISH
IGCS shows retail traders are currently distinctly LONG on gold, with 55% of traders currently holding long positions (as of this writing). At DailyFX we typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment; however, due to recent changes in long and short position we arrive at a short-term upside disposition.
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